5 November 2003
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Centaure ailé au hibou
numbered '12/12' (on the back right leg), and stamped with foundry mark 'C. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE' (on the front right leg)
bronze with brown patina
Height: 5 in. (12.5 cm.)
Conceived in 1950; this bronze version cast circa 1962
Estate of the artist.
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W. Spies, Picasso. Das Plastische Werk, Berlin, 1983, p. 389, no. 383A.
W. Spies, Picasso Sculpteur, Paris, 2000, p. 410, no. 383A.
Diana Widmaier Picasso has confirmed the authenticity of this bronze.
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